The ECB remain confident that the whole of the home summer of international cricket will go ahead as planned despite India recently being added to the UK’s ‘red list’, according to a report from ESPN Cricinfo.

Fears of a new COVID variant have seen India added to the UK’s ‘red list’, banning the majority of travel. There is an exemption for elite sportspeople and support staff but they’re still required to stay for 10-days in a government-approved quarantine hotel and are not allowed to leave to train or play matches.

India are scheduled to play a five-match Test series in India against England in August and September, while Virat Kohli’s side are also set to play New Zealand in the World Test Championship final at the Ageas Bowl in June.

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It seems there is no need to be too concerned just yet, however, as ESPN Cricinfo has reported that the ECB remain confident that all games will be given the go-ahead by the UK government this summer even though special dispensation may be necessary.

An ECB spokesperson said (via ESPNCricinfo): “We are currently discussing with Government the impact of countries being on the ‘red list’.

“By working collaboratively we demonstrated how we can stage international cricket safely in the middle of a pandemic and hope to be able to do so again this year.”

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The ICC have also released a statement outlining their optimism that the World Test Championship final will still go ahead in Southampton in June.

In a statement on their website, an ICC spokesperson said: “We are currently discussing with the UK Government the impact of countries being on the ‘red list’.

“The ECB and other Members have demonstrated how we can stage international cricket safely in the middle of a pandemic, and we are confident that we can continue to do that and that the World Test Championship Final will go ahead as planned in June in the UK.”

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